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The Lord has done it!

Isaiah 44:6-23, Andrew Love, June 3, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Re-reading v21-23
  • Rich imagery, difficult to know what to preach on
    • Initially thinking of preaching on v24-28
    • Wanted to speak on v22
  • Desire is to bring the big texts from Isaiah
  • We have been looking at a variety of texts:
    • Explanation
  • The theme of the latter half of chapter 44: redemption (v23,24)
    • Isaiah is a prophet writing before the exile into Babylon
    • He writes how God will redeem them in Babylon
      • 44:28-45:1 - the man who will bring them back: Cyrus
    • Israel may feel that God has forgotten them
    • Isaiah speaks both of judgment to come and redemption
  • The theme of redemption is a picture of the greater redemption in Jesus Christ
    • v22 should be applied to us today
  • Overview:
    • No greater privilege (v21)
    • No greater work (v22)
    • No greater joy (v23)

No Greater Privilege (v21)

  • "O Israel you have not been forgotten by me"
    • They could not sacrifice in Babylon
    • They thought and felt that God had forgotten them
  • Isaiah reminds Israel that they are still God's servant
    • They are formed - chosen and fashioned
      • A contrast to the idolaters previously referenced
      • This is not a new thought - 43:1
    • God has formed and fashioned us
      • God has not left us in this dark world
      • He tells us to stand up and be counted
      • 44:1-2
    • Israel were the smallest people group
      • He carried them into the promised land
      • They are still his children
  • There is no greater privilege than to be a servant of God
    • He reminds them twice in v21
    • God has chosen us and called us by grace
    • God has called us to be children of God
      • If you are not a child of God - remember that God extends His hand to all people

No Greater Work (v22)

  • No greater work that the work of redemption
    • There is no greater problem that sin
    • Isa 59:2
    • There is no greater work than to remove sin
  • Explanation of sin
    • It prevents our prayers getting through to God
    • It means God's face is hidden from us
    • It means we cannot get to God
    • There is no greater work that to remove sin and His judgment & wrath
  • This is the gospel
  • The work has already been done
    • You are a redeemed people (v22)
    • The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world
    • Isaiah had seen the sins were to be laid on Jesus Christ (and could not be dealt with through the temple)
      • Have you ever thought of the weight of sin laid upon Jesus Christ?
      • Example of lady in the flood - such love, but an awful thing to see
      • Not just the weight of sin but the justice of God poured upon Him
    • God smote His Son that the full face of His love might be upon us
      • That we might be able to have a relationship with God
    • Example of a ledger
  • There is no greater work than this
    • On the basis of such redeeming love - return to Me
      • The backslider can return to God
    • If you have never known Christ, look at the cross and believe

No Greater Joy (v23)

  • Metaphoric language - all creation sings
    • Nature praises God
    • Isaiah says let the earth rejoice
  • Why? Because the curse has been removed
  • Repeated theme:
    • Isa 49:13
      • If creation rejoices, how much more should we rejoice!
    • Isa 61:10
  • Why? Because He has done it!
  • Why? Because God is forever with us and will never forget us

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 44:6-23

6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. 9They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. 10Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 11Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. 12The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. 18They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? 21Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. 22I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. 23Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. (KJV)

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